The United States has asked Pakistan why it is only more concerned about the human rights of Muslims in Kashmir and is not mentioning the “terribly bad conditions” that continue to exist for the members of the community throughout China.
Alice Wells, US Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia while addressing a special briefing at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly launched a scathing attack on Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for not speaking out against China, which has arrested an estimated 1 million Uyghurs and other Turkic-speaking Muslims in Xinjiang province.
It is no secret that China is an all-weather ally of Pakistan and Beijing has quite often come to the rescue of Pakistan’s capital Islamabad by attempting to scuttle global efforts to force approvals against Pakistan-based terrorists like Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar and Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed.
China has always been offering financial assistance to cash-strapped Pakistan to overcome its economic problems.
“I would like to see the same level of concern expressed also about Muslims who are being detained in Western China, literally in concentration-like conditions. And so being concerned about the human rights of Muslims does extend more broadly than Kashmir, and you’ve seen the administration very involved here during the UN General Assembly and trying to shine a light on the horrific conditions that continue to exist for Muslims throughout China,” Wells said.